Easy kid-proofing ideas for your home
Update tornado plan/emergency plan – Have a system in place for when emergencies happen. And if you have a bag you grab in these scenarios, make sure you’re adding anything you would need for your baby.
Poison control countermeasures and phone numbers – Have a designated sticker or other sign somewhere permanent in your house, or have it stored in your phone under “ICE Poison Control”. When something bad happens, you don’t want to lose time trying to look it up.
Medical information drawer – Again, create a place where important documents are stored for easy access. You can grab it for an emergency, have it for a babysitter, etc.
Baby Gates – Consider putting baby gates in front of stairs, bedroom doors, and other heavily trafficked areas that need some boundaries. You don’t even have to buy one, you can make your own DIY baby gate.
Bottom shelf in refrigerator – When your child is old enough to get the fridge open or crawl to it when you open the door, you’ll want a selection of ‘safe foods’. Whether it’s just not eggs that break or something they are allowed to have, keep in mind your child will be attracted to the fridge!
Hide fireplace keys for natural gas fireplaces and grills
Make sure all plants are safe to eat – Select non-poisonous plants. While you’re not going to encourage eating house plants, what happens if your child does eat a leaf from your potted plant? Is it safe? Know before it happens!
Medicine, OTC, Vitamins, and essential oils – Yes, even oils are potent and not kid-safe, especially certain blends. Make sure that all medicines and vitamins are completely out of reach no matter how natural they are. I have had many friends have to take their kids to the ER after their child obtained something natural because it was out and they didn’t think it could harm their child.
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